IT was a match with a lot of hype.
And a lot of stories going in.
A grand final re-match.
Tongala looking for a chance at redemption against a side who had denied them yet another shot at a MNL premiership.
Moama, the best side in the competition looking to put its foot down and confirm it was back to its best.
The match seemed — from the outside at least — to be far bigger than just another game of netball.
But in the end, after the anticipation, it became an oddly familiar match.
Moama just cruised through.
The final result was an 11-goal win for the reigning premiers.
And in some ways — a bit of a reality check for Tongala.
They still have a lot of work to do.
Moama continue to be their silky smooth best, coming out with a strong performance on the offensive end, while cutting off the Blues on defence.
Tongala through a few things into play, but were unable to get the result they wanted.
For observers it may seem like a bad result for the Blues, coach Dylan Nexhip was honest about his teams recent run.
‘‘It’s been a rough couple of games for our team,’’ he said.
‘‘I think we have learnt this year that the teams at the very top of the ladder, in those top seven positions are incredibly talented and very evenly matched and it won’t be easy for anyone in those positions to get wins against each other.
‘‘The best you can hope for when you come out of these matches is that you have taken away something positive, that you have learnt something about those opposition sides that you can do differently in the finals and hopefully find a way to get the result you want.’’
And both sides will have a big challenge coming up this week.
The Moama juggernaut will roll past Cobram , who sit fifth, while Tongala will face second-placed Rumbalara.